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Heavy sentence expected for West Kelowna cocaine trafficker

By vancouvernews - Tue Jul 03, 10:37 am

His partner got off with a light sentence, but Darryl James Wilcox will likely do serious jail time for selling 18 kilos of cocaine.

The West Kelowna man was found guilty last month of possession for the purpose of trafficking. The drug haul was one of the largest ever seized in the Central Okanagan. The value was estimated at $540,000 wholesale and up to $1.4 million if sold by the gram.

Wilcox argued he had only one kilo, but an eight-day trial determined he held the other 17 kilos in his hands when he made a transaction with Nathanael Nesbitt in October 2005.

Nesbitt, then 20, got off with a relatively light sentence. The B.C. Court of Appeal upheld a Kelowna judge’s ruling that he should serve less than two years of house arrest for his part in the deal.

Wilcox, now 43, is expected to serve hard time because he was the dominant

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